Schedule of Classes

“Village of Flowers” Garden Party Bus Tour to Fairhope and Bellingrath

Depart 7:30 a.m. on Thursday; Return 1:00 p.m. on Friday

“Village of Flowers” Garden Party Bus Tour to Fairhope and Bellingrath

Description: Climb aboard for a 2-day fun adventure on our “Village of Flowers” garden party bus tour to see the fall colors of Historic Fairhope and Bellingrath Gardens. We’ll have a gourmet lunch at the Grand Hotel and then a guided tour of the grounds., “Show and Tell” of the “Village of Flowers” in historic Fairhope on our first day and then continue next day with the lovely Bellingrath Gardens, plus so much more. You’re in for a treat!

Curiously quaint, Fairhope is a destination of its own. Its flower laden streets, original boutiques, galleries, museums and dozens of restaurants make for one of the South’s hidden gems.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

7:30AM – Depart from the Seventh Day Adventist Church parking lot next to Aldridge Gardens on Lorna Road. Stop along the way for a stretch-break.

12:30PM – A visit to the Grand Hotel, is anything more wonderful? Step back in time to a period of elegance and refinement, to gracious living along the shores of Mobile Bay. This 162-year-old Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa has played host to generations of families who now enjoy its two championship golf courses, the 20,000 square-foot European Spa, the elaborate themed swimming pool and the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award of The Grand Dining Room. This is where we enjoy an awesome all-inclusive gourmet buffet lunch. After lunch we will enjoy a guided tour of the hotel grounds.

2:00PM – Meet our step-on-guide for The Fairhope Story/ of year round flower displays. Fairhope, is the postcard perfect town and often described as “A village on a gorgeous bluff overlooking Mobile Bay." Historic Fairhope is an exceptional southern city full of charm, history, natural beauty and entertainment. You’ll find gorgeous hanging baskets of flowers on every corner year round, plus the Award wining Municipal Rose Garden. We’ll hear the story behind these award wining landscapes. Absolutely beautiful!

How about a Sweet Treat? Great! Let’s make our way to the Punta Clara Candy Kitchen. DELICIOUS! Tucked along Scenic Hwy 98 overlooking the beautiful Mobile Bay, Punta Clara Candy Kitchen is located inside a gorgeous, wood framed historic house with an expansive front porch and lots of hand-carved gingerbread moldings. Walking across the old front porch makes for a nostalgic experience as the antique floors pop and crackle with every step. Free Candy Samples.

Next, we will visit the fascinating history of Fairhope at the Fairhope History Museum. Here you will learn all about Fairhope being the oldest and largest Single Tax Colony in the world. This is an awesome little museum and it’s just across the street from our hotel.

Overnight accommodations at the Historic Hampton Inn
5:00PM - Check-in at the Hampton Inn right in the heart of Fairhope.

6:00PM – We welcome you to Fairhope with a Wine & cheese Reception in the lobby of the hotel.

Tonight dinner will be on your own at one of the many restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Breakfast at hotel.

9:00AM – Board motor coach and depart for Bellingrath Gardens.

10:00AM – Arrive and tour beautiful Bellingrath Gardens and Home. See the Cascading Mum Display, the nation's largest outdoor display of cascading chrysanthemums; Bellingrath's Cascading Mum Display is a site to see! Spectacular!
Lunch will be on your own today in the Magnolia Café’ at the gardens.

1:00PM – Board motor coach and depart for home. Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey home with wonderful memories of our “Village of Flowers”, Garden Party Bus Tour to Fairhope & Bellingrath Gardens

Welcome Home!
Tour Includes:

*Roundtrip motor coach transportation
*Hotel accommodations at the Hampton Inn
*Baggage handling of one piece of luggage
*Wine and Cheese Reception
*Breakfast at the hotel
*Gourmet Deli Buffet Lunch at the Grand Hotel
*Grand Hotel grounds tour
*Historic Fairhope Tour with guide
*Punta Clara Candy Kitchen
*Tour and history of the Fairhope Village of Flowers
*All taxes & gratuities per itinerary
*Driver gratuities.
*Aldridge Garden Host
*Connection Tours Escort

COST: $229 per person double/ $279 Single

FULL PAYMENT DUE BY: October 15, 2012
Cost based on a minimum of 30 paying passengers for guaranteed departure.

Clara @ Connection Tours 205-822-7323

Contact Information:
Debbie Bartoletti
(205) 682-8019, ext. 7